Past Exhibitions

Lessons from Modernism: Environmental Design Strategies in Architecture, 1925-1970

September 12 - November 29, 2015

Elmhurst Art Museum presents Lessons from Modernism: Environmental Design Strategies in Architecture, 1925-1970, a highly-acclaimed exhibition organized by The Cooper Union in New York that examines twenty-five modern building projects through the lens of sustainability. Read More ›

Lessons from the Fick Home

September 12 - November 29, 2015

As a complement to the Lessons from Modernism exhibition, EAM has partnered with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Architecture/ Interior Architecture/Designed Objects Department to include Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House in the discussion of modernism and sustainability. Read More ›

New American Paintings: Midwest Edition

May 16 to August 23, 2015

For the first time in its 20 year history, the critically acclaimed publication, New American Paintings, which presents a juried exhibition-in-print with each issue, will jump from the page to the Museum walls. New American Paintings: The 2014 Midwest Edition features 40 artists selected by Elmhurst Art Museum Chief Curator, Staci Boris. Read More ›

Soiree 2015 Auction Preview

April 30 - May 9, 2015

TAKE HOME SOME ART!Elmhurst Art Museum is currently exhibiting 47 works of art from the collection of Cleve Carney (1939-2013), to be offered at auction on May 9th. All proceeds from the auction benefit the education and exhibition programs of the Museum. Carney was an important Chicago collector of contemporary art and longtime supporter of the Museum. Read More ›

Driving in Style: Promo Cars of the 1950s and 60s

February 7 – May 3, 2015

The innovative and flamboyant car designs of the 1950s are now iconic. To whet consumers’ appetites for the “latest thing,” the Big Three American automakers (General Motors, Ford and Chrysler) began to release new models with slightly redesigned features every year. To promote the new vehicles, dealers distributed highly-detailed plastic models or “promos.” Like their full-size versions, these colorful miniatures boasted streamlined tail fins and polished chrome grilles, reflections of the period’s Space Age design and general prosperity. Read More ›